The family owners of popular Chilliwack Indian restaurant Shandhar Hut had a Monday like no other with two police incidents at two different locations almost at the same time.
The Atti family are getting ready to open a second Shandhar location at the corner of Promontory Road and Chilliwack River Road. Like the Young Road location, the Promontory one has a Husky Gas station attached, also owned by the family.
Just before 5:30 a.m. an employee of the gas station on Promontory was the victim of a hit and run while walking to work.
Gord Atti was at the business talking with an RCMP officer when he heard his family’s restaurant mentioned over the officer’s radio.
“I turned to him and asked why they were mentioning the restaurant,” Atti told The Progress.
That’s when he learned of a break-and-enter at the Young Road location across town. He then opened up the security footage app on his phone and saw the images of two people inside the restaurant, hoodies up and faces covered.
The thieves stole the cash register and gift cards. It was at 5:12 a.m.
“I have included photos of the perpetrators,” Atti wrote in a Facebook post Monday evening. “Any information will be greatly appreciated. We know that our friends at SinAmen Bun Co. were recent victims of the same situation. We advise all fellow restaurant owners to do what they can secure their restaurants as best as possible.”
Atti posted first about the gas station employee because, as he put it, “our staff member’s life is more of a priority than some gift cards and cash.”
The employee in question was taken to Chilliwack General Hospital and suffered minor injuries.
Security footage captured an image of the vehicle that allegedly struck the employee, and it looks like a blue Chevy Cavalier, a Pontiac Sunfire or a Mitsubishi Eclipse.
“Thank you to everyone at the hospital for taking care of her,” Atti said.
As for the gift cards, Atti said the restaurant will not be accepting any gift cards until new ones are designed, and people with legitimate gift cards can swap them with new ones with some proof of purchase.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 regarding file number 22-11473.
As for the break in, anyone has information about this incident is also asked to contact Chilliwack RCMP and quote file number 22-11476.
Anyone with gift card enquiries can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.